‘The standing committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka on Rule of Law’ expresses its’ deep concern at the failure of the Commission on Bribery or Corruption to make the public aware of the outcome of the investigations commenced into unaccountable assets of two government party parliamentarians Mervin Silva and Rohitha Abeygunawardhana.
These two investigations were given wide publicity and the silence since then has caused widespread speculation as to what has happened to these investigations. “This silence will cause the public to lose faith in the main institution vested with the statutory power to investigate allegations of bribery or corruption.” says the standing committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka on Rule of Law
Issuing a statement it says; “Further the inaction over the several allegations of corruption in government enterprises and public officers uncovered by the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) is causing doubts in the ability and the will on the part of the commission to act speedily and independently on allegations of bribery or corruption.
“Though we do not, unfortunately, have a statute on ‘Right to Information’, the public is entitled to have information on a matter that affects public life and good governance.
We stress the necessity to demonstrate transparency on these matters so as to maintain public faith in the fight against bribery and corruption.”